JetBlue's New Mint Class - Superior Amenities
Among U.S. domestic carriers, JetBlue has always set itself apart with a superior class of service.
Now that class of service just got better for those who have the dollars to pay for it.
JetBlue inaugurated its new Mint class business service Sunday, June 15 with a flight between New York's JFK airport to Los Angeles' LAX.
Fares are $599 to $999 one way.
There are 16 seats in Mint, some in a suite style with privacy doors.
Mint perks can be grouped in three categories:
1. Airport - Faster check-in, fast lane security check and early boarding
2. Inflight - Free broadband WiFi, superior seats with a massage feature, long flat bed (6'8"), delicious meal options, snacks, free booze, ice cream, 15-inch TV screens, dual 110-volt power outlets with two USB ports and a complimentary amenity kit
3. Destination - Bags out early at the luggage carousel
Of course, all these pampering for those in the front of the plane has to come at the expense of those at the back - Seat pitch and legroom in in coach class have been reduced and seats have become slimmer. Seat pitch has been cut by an inch to 33-inches while legroom is now an inch lower at 37-inches in coach class.
JetBlue is offering Mint on one flight daily but expects to feature it on all of its flights to Los Angeles by early August..
Mint will debut on the NYC-San Francisco route toward the end of October.
The premium class is now offered only on JetBlue's A321 aircraft but expect to see Mint on the airline's A320s and the Embraer 190s in 2015.